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Tor, Jul 2001, 24.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0312872003

    In one catastrophic hit, four billion years of evolution and growth are erased. A century has passed since the asteroid crashed into earth eradicating just about every living creature on the planet. The only human survivors are clones from long dead parents who live in Tycho Station, a dome with tunnels on the moon.

    Each subsequent lunar generation understands the prime goal is to return to the homeland by TERRAFORMING EARTH. Over the millenniums, several efforts to return have failed leaving more dead people behind. Now thousands of years later, another attempt is to begin. Is the cycle of failure going to finally be broken and if yes what happens to the moon base that has been home seemingly forever?

    TERRAFORMING EARTH is an exciting, action-packed, thought provoking science fiction thriller. The great Jack Williamson focuses on the aftermath of a pandemic destruction of all sentient beings. The story line leaps through the millenniums at light speed yet never loses focus as to what the author wants to say about humanity, its future, and the impact of science on evolution. The great grandmaster gets greater as Mr. Williamson, whose been writing since the parents of the boomers were children, provides another novel for the ages.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Story involving clones/duplicates?    -   good clones/duplicates Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Which planet?    -   Earth's Moon Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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